The Best Cat Food

April 11, 2017

First of all this studie is made based on healthy cats so if you have a cat with a decease you will need to consult your vet. For example our little Monty will not benefit from a protein rich diet since he has some kidney issues, which by the way is the case for about 33% of all cats. So take care out there. Even the best cat food may not be the best for your cat.
From here and on everything in this blog post is made by Reviews.com.
We Put In The Work To Find The Best

We analyzed 1,759 cat food formulas and found only 145 that were produced by a trustworthy brand with high-quality, risk-free ingredients.

The full list of the 145 recommended brands can be found here

 

Cat food conversations are littered with passionate opinions concerning whether or not cats should eat like they do in the wild or if they should avoid carbs, if they should consume dry food for better dental health or if they should eat wet food for better hydration, and the like. For the average cat owner, the ongoing debates make it challenging to figure out what a healthy diet looks like for a domestic cat. To find the best food for your cat, it’s essential to figure out which opinions are rooted in science, which are long-standing myth, and which are somewhere in between.

We spent 300 hours researching the cat food industry and digging deep into the science of what cats need for their optimal diet. We surveyed 97 veterinary professionals and 437 cat owners; we read dozens of articles and studies; and we analyzed the ingredients of more than 1,700 cat food formulas — all to discover what matters most in picking out the best cat food.

We concluded that quality ingredients — that is, whole proteins that are free of harmful or controversial substances — are the one most important characteristic of the best cat food formulas. Based on our extensive research, we designed a method for reviewing cat food and finding products made with quality ingredients and produced by reliable brands. 

We examined more than 100 brands. Only 37 of them produced at least one approved formula. 

To illustrate the ingredient disparity between brands, we put together a graphic that compares the first 10 ingredients of popular grocery brands and those in the approved formulas from one of our favorite recommended brands. The results speak for themselves.

 

Low-Quality Ingredients Lead to Health Problems

  • Kidney disease. Kidney disease (renal failure) is the leading cause of mortality in domestic cats. Your cat’s kidneys work to extract toxins from the blood system including nitrates, which are produced by proteins. Talk with your vet about steps you can take to help prevent kidney disease in your cat and learn the signs of kidney failure, which can include: weight loss/appetite reduction, dry coat, ulcers in the tongue or gums, bad breath, and vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Obesity. In the US, 58 percent of cats are overweight or obese. To keep your cat’s weight in check, look for a diet that’s highly digestible and includes rich sources of protein, like real meats. Increasing the proportion of canned and raw foods has also been shown to help cats lose weight.
  • Dental health. A common belief is that dry cat food helps prevent dental decay and disease, but that’s most likely not the case, as cats don’t chew their food in a way that would allow dry kibble to clean them. Instead, the ASPCA recommends that cats should have their teeth brushed regularly. There are also cat chew toys and treats that are specifically designed to clean their teeth.

 

When It Comes to the Best Type of Cat Food, There’s No Clear Winner

When we made our picks for best cat foods, we examined all varieties: dry, wet,     dehydrated, freeze-dried, and homemade.

 

The perfect feeding regimen for domesticated cats is probably not known yet, and with any condition where there is not a cut-and-dry treatment or cure, there are a lot of opinions by the researching scientists, veterinarians, and pet owners. 

Dr. Scott Chandler, DVM

What to Do Next?

Now that you know the truth about cat food, here are a few steps you can take:

Read the label. If you haven’t done so already, read the label of your preferred cat food brand. If there are any ingredients you don’t recognize, do some research and find out what they are and how they may be impacting your cat’s health. If you don’t like what you see, it could be time to try a new brand. 

Chat with your vet. If your cat has special dietary needs or you’re unsure about whether or not certain ingredients are safe, chat with your vet and get their input. There are a lot of factors to consider, and getting some guidance from a trusted vet can help you find the best food for your cat. 

Inquire about digestibility. As we mentioned earlier, digestibility (the percentage of food your cat actually absorbs), is an important consideration when selecting a food. Unfortunately, brands are not required to publish the digestibility percentage and tracking it down can be difficult. Reach out to your preferred brand; ask about digestibility; and let the brand know it’s a metric you’d like to see on the ingredient label.

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